Buddhism, Christianity and the question of creation: karmic by Perry Schmidt-Leukel

By Perry Schmidt-Leukel

Is the area created by way of a divine author? Or is it the consistent fabricated from karmic forces? the difficulty of construction used to be on the center of the vintage controversies among Buddhism and Hindu Theism. nowa days, it may be came upon on the centre of many polemical debates among Buddhism and Christianity. is that this the imperative barrier that separates Buddhism from Christianity and different theistic religions? The contributions to half One discover a number of the elements of conventional and modern Buddhist objections opposed to the belief of a divine writer in addition to Christian probabilities to fulfill the Buddhist critique. half asks for the capability fact on either side and indicates a stunning method that the barrier can be conquer. This opens a brand new around of philosophical and theological discussion among those significant traditions with not easy insights for either.

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Lta and His Definition of pramiina', Wiener Zeitschrift flir die Kunde Siidasiens 45, 2001, 173-99, p. 184. 42 R. Jackson, 'Atheology and Buddhalogy ... ', op. cit. (fn. 15), p. 477. 28 Buddhist and Christian Perspectives on Creation The last section reformulates some of the traditional arguments in new aITangements, for example the argument of incompatibility between the idea of God's eternal nature and his creating the universe. For such an idea would imply, he says, that God has a nature before creation which is not a cause, whereas - in the moment of creation - his nature is capable of being a cause.

Jackson, op. cit. (fn. 1), p. 339. Cf. , pp. 339f. Chapter 2 Three Buddhist Views of the Doctrines of Creation and Creator Jose Ignacio Cabez6n Introduction In his renowned Encyclopedia of Buddhism, 1 the great nineteenth-century Tibetan scholar Kong sprul yon tan rgya mtsho uses the well-known Buddhist 'three-vehicle' scheme to structure his discussion of Buddhist cosmology - discussing sravaka, Mahayana and Vajrayana views of the formation and de/evolution of the universe. I propose to follow Kong sprul's example in this essay with one exception: my remarks will focus principally on the writings of contemporary Buddhist scholars.

It serves as a means to blame an Other for the problems that exist, rather than taking personal self-responsibility. Holiness the Dalai Lama, Beyond Dogma: Dialogues and Discourses (Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books 1996), pp. html>. 42' Buddhist and Christian Perspectives on Creation However ... the tantric tradition is the only one which explains the Dharrnakaya in tenTIS of inherent clear light, the essential nature of the mind; this would seem to imply that all phenomena, sarnsara and nirvana, arise from this clear and luminous source ...

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